ESCAP works to improve the use of statistics for evidence-based decision-making and to develop and disseminate quality statistics for inclusive, sustainable and resilient societies in the ESCAP region.

Quality statistics, that is statistics that are relevant, accurate, timely, value for money, accessible to all and free from political interference are the foundation for good governance.

They provide our leaders with the evidence they need to make important decisions that affect every aspect of our lives. Questions like: “should interest rates be raised?”, “do we need more doctors?”, “is our environment being damaged?”, “does our society treat everyone fairly?” And they provide individuals with the information they need to contribute to these debates and understand how effective policy decisions have been.

To meet its objectives, ESCAP provides analyses of development trends and emerging issues that enhance understanding among decision-makers and members of the public in the region.

And together with the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), ESCAP works with member States to increase their capacity to produce, disseminate and use statistics in accordance with internationally agreed standards.

Civil Registration and Vital Statistics

Civil registration is the critical act of recording important events in people’s lives such as births, marriages, divorces, adoptions, deaths, and causes of death. It provides individuals with the official recognition and documentation necessary to establish legal identity, family relationships and civil status.

Data and Analysis

ESCAP maintains statistics providing a regional perspective on development issues in Asia and the Pacific. A statistical database, containing approximately 500 data series, is updated twice a year (March and October) and made available online where users can download and manipulate data through a set of visualization tools.

Economic Statistics

Sound economic policy decisions can be made only if they can be backed up by evidence. At a time when economic crises are recurring, the emphasis on having reliable and timely economic data is even stronger.

Environment and Agricultural Statistics

Decisions about development investments that are intended to foster agricultural growth need to be based on sound information about land use, natural factors affecting agricultural production, and the prevailing economic and social situations that producers face, and the interaction of these issues with climate change.

Gender Statistics

Gender statistics inform policy and programme decisions, and are critical for effective monitoring and analyses of gender gains and gaps. Yet, eighteen years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA) clearly laid out twelve priority areas that highlighted the importance of making available data on women and men, the need and demand for gender statistics continue to grow and remain unmet in many areas.

Modernization of Statistical Production and Services

The world is experiencing a data revolution. As information technology is rapidly becoming ubiquitous, (internet, mobile phones, electronic modes of payments), tremendous amounts of information are being recorded and stored automatically. Could these sources of information, usually designated as “big data” be used by National Statistical Offices to produce official statistics? This is one of the issues discussed under the modernization of statistical products and services area of work.

Population and Social Statistics

Population and social statistics underpin evidence-based policy decisions that have an enormous impact on our well-being and quality of life. From health to education, to employment to crime, population and social statistics encompass every facet of our lives.

Statistics Governance

ESCAP's mandates come from the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) resolutions. The Committee on Statistics provides oversight and direction on ESCAP's statistical work.